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August 5, 2019

Williston Barracks // Fire Investigation

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

INCIDENT: Residential structure fire

       

CASE#: 19A103733

 

FIRE INVESTIGATORS:

Detective Sergeants Matthew Hill and Michael Lacourse – Vermont State Police

Assistance State Fire Marshal Tim Angel – Division of Fire Safety                             

 

STATION: Williston                    

CONTACT#: (802)878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: August 5, 2019 at 6:30 AM

INCIDENT LOCATION: 71 Woodbury Street   Hardwick, VT

 

PROPERTY OWNER/RESIDENT: Raymond Pickette

AGE: 39

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Hardwick, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On August 5, 2019 at 6:32 AM the Hardwick Fire Department was dispatched to 71 Woodbury Street in Hardwick for a reported structure fire.  When the firefighters arrived they discovered heavy smoke coming from the residence and  upon entry located a fire burning in the basement.  After the fire was extinguished, Fire Chief Tom Fadden requested the assistance from the Vermont State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit in determining the origin and cause of the fire. 

 

Investigators from the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit  responded to the fire scene and began an origin and cause investigation.  Investigators determined the origin of the fire was in the basement of the single family home and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  There were no injuries reported resulting from this fire, its extinguishment, or during the scene investigation.    

 

Anyone with information regarding this fire event is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Matthew Hill at (802)524-5993, or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program(VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766). The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

 

 

 

Detective Sergeant Matthew Hill

Department of Public Safety

Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit

Vermont State Police, Troop A-West

St Albans, VT 05478

Office 802-524-5993

Fax 802-527-1150

Matthew.Hill@vermont.gov